Jared Leto to Star as Andy Warhol in a New Hollywood Movie

Many have played the Pop master on screen. But Jared Leto is not just any man.

Jared Leto poses as he arrives to attend the European premiere of the film Suicide Squad in central London on August 3, 2016. Courtesy of JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images.

He’s played the Joker in Suicide Squad and won best supporting actor in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club, and now he’s getting ready to become one of the best-known artists on Earth.

Jared Leto will portray Andy Warhol in a forthcoming movie, artnet News has learned from an agent at Creative Artists Agency, which represents the actor and Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman.

The film is to be based on Victor Bockris’s book Warhol: The Biography, a 2003 reissue of his 1989 book The Life and Death of Andy Warhol. Terrence Winter will write the script, and Leto will produce the film along with Michael De Luca (who is producing Fifty Shades Darker).

Bockris’s bio earned a mixed review in the New York Times (in a joint review with David Bourdon’s Warhol), with critic Peter Schjeldahl saying that reading the two books could be “an untaxing occupation just interesting enough to keep the eyelids up, with every now and then a straight shot of adrenaline,” and evaluating Bockris’s book as “efficient” if “superficial.”

Many have played Warhol, including David Bowie (in Basquiat), Jared Harris (I Shot Andy Warhol), Guy Pearce (Factory Girl), and Crispin Glover (The Doors).

Leto is reportedly joining Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Robin Wright in a sequel to sci-fi classic Blade Runner; he’s also returning as the Joker in the Justice League. Both films, according to IMDB, are slated for release in 2017.

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